Nearly 70 students from local area high schools participated in the JA Career Readiness Conference on March 10, hosted by Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio. The event took place at The University of Akron in the Gary L. and Karen S. Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing.

The JA Career Readiness Conference is a one-day event during which students participate in experiential, hands-on activities to develop their work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills.

One part of the Conference is the JA Titan Challenge, a high school competition that uses Junior Achievement's high school JA Titan program. The program increases students' understanding of the real world of business. During the competition, students experience how success or failure of a business depends on how well they manage key decisions such as pricing, marketing strategies, and R & D investments.

The winning team was Dominic Bruner, Brett Rhodes and Evan Stone from Stow-Munroe Falls High School. These students each received a First Place trophy and a $400 scholarship for their college education.

The third place team, Jack Miller, Mohammad Silmi and Ryan Stone also from Stow-Munroe Falls High School, receive $50 scholarships.

Sponsors for the event included FedEx Custom Critical, Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Steere Enterprises.